Getting Satisfaction, Part II Things are not looking up for the Rolling Stones. First they learned about Bill Wyman’s forthcoming exposé, Stone Alone, and now A.E. Hotchner, author of Papa Hemingway, has finished a book suggesting that the death of Stones founder Brian Jones was no accident: He was murdered. Let it Bleed: The Killing of a Rolling Stone and the End of the Jagger Generation will be published this fall. ”It’s a fairly revelatory work…that reveals actual details of the murder of Brian Jones,” says Marie Arana-Ward, the book’s editor. ”It’s also about the decline of the Rolling Stones and that generation.”
He’s Back! Books in Print lists a whopping 118 titles about former president Richard Nixon. Three major Nixon books have been published so far this year, with another due this summer. Nixon has written his own memoirs (again), In the Arena, and Touchstone has just reissued his previous six books in matching paperbacks. The set totals 2,871 pages-that’s eight inches of shelf space — and weighs 7.6 pounds.
Toys From the Attic After Greta Garbo’s death on April 15, Simon & Schuster retrieved its unauthorized Greta Garbo biography from the vault where it had languished for 14 years. Written by Antoni Gronowicz, who claimed to have been a lover of Garbo’s, the book was withdrawn from publication in 1976 when Garbo signed an affidavit swearing she had not collaborated with Gronowicz. At the time, S&S president Richard E. Snyder promised not to publish Gronowicz’s work if it proved to be fraudulent. Apparently he is now satisfied that Gronowicz’s account is correct. Garbo: Her Story — with a first printing of 125,000 copies — will be in bookstores in a matter of days.
Roman Empire Morrow has signed Colleen McCullough (The Thorn Birds) to a five-book deal for a series of novels about ancient Rome. McCullough, who researched the books for years, has completed The First Man in Rome: Marius, which will be published this fall.